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on 16 May 2011
Hi- I'm thinking of moving to Christchurch, New Zealand with my husband, he's been offered an engineering position as a consequence of the earthquake. In the same vein, I've been trying to find information about living and working in Christchurch, but everything seems to be written before the natural disaster. Can anyone give me an idea of how the city's changed since and what to expect NOW?
Stephanie Katz on 16 May 2011 - 09:02
For sure, most info about moving to Christchurch will be outdated due to the earthquake. The city was beautiful and vibrant pre-earthquake and its citizens are committed to rebuilding an even more amazing metropolis. The largest changes are the facts that the CBD is inaccessible and the public transport system is kaput. Most businesses have moved to the suburbs and for expats moving to Christchurch it's essential to buy a car for the time being. Otherwise, the economy has certainly slowed down, but if your husband already has a job offer this shouldn't be such a concern.
Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Dec 2012 - 13:15
Hi Stephanie. I am currently looking at relocating to ChCh with my family. My husband is a professional in the construction industry. Did you eventually move there? If so, how did the move go? What is ChCh like now? Any advice and or tips would be gratefully received! Xx
Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Dec 2012 - 23:39
Hi, I have been living in Chch now for 10months, and the city is constantly changing. Accommodation is still at a shortage and therefore rental prices are artificially high in some places. There is a lot of housing developments being built though, especially in the outer suburbs, and many people choose to live out on the edge of the city as a result. Generally the city centre as such is a dusty (de)construction site full of cranes, but there has been so much effort to lighten and brighten the city up, that there a lot of temporary art installations popping up, as well as unique shopping precincts and unusual cafes and bars. The council is managing to maintain the public spaces in good order, and there are plenty of malls for all your shopping and entertainment needs. Once you get past the initial shock of what the city centre looks like, it is a fascinating and enjoyable place to live. Within reach are beaches, parks and recreation reserves for outdoor activities, plus plenty of places within easy reach for day trips and longer, such as Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, and Kaikoura. The airport also acts as a gateway to multiple NZ cities as well as Australia and beyond. Hope that helps!
Anonymous (not verified) on 11 Jan 2014 - 15:31
I am hoping to be in Christchurch in 6 to 8 weeks,can anyone recommend a nice area for me to move to with my family with decent schools but not too costly rent wise? We're moving from the UK...any info is gratefully received
Anonymous (not verified) on 16 Sep 2014 - 14:32
Hi! Am moving to Christchurch in three weeks and need fully furnished housing for one year that is pet friendly. We want to live in a "bustling" area with restaurants/bars/shopping within walking distance. Recommended neighbourhoods? Neighbourhoods to avoid?

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